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October 26, 2013 posted by

5 Questions: Birthday Challenge Half Time Report

5 Questions: Birthday Challenge Half Time Report

During long challenges, even one-day challenges, there’s always a point where the beginning seems so long ago that you can barely remember what’s it was like and the end is still so far away you can’t begin to contemplate it. That’s where I find myself right now. What am I doing? Where am I going? I have no idea. I’m just trying to focus on the task at hand and take each challenge one step at a time.

So how’s it been going? 

Good but, honestly, it’s busier than I expected. Logistics have been difficult. Since that was part of the challenge I can’t say it hit me by surprise but I’m definitely playing on too little sleep. Most it’s been working out, barely, but I’m not sure how my reserves are going to hold out. I think the crux of that will be making it through these next two weekends.

Ahead or behind schedule?

Slightly behind but not bad. I’ve planned to ramp up some of the things, especially running and push-ups, which are areas where I’m rehabbing injuries, so I think it’s right where I want to be. The main thing is not getting hurt or destroyed in the big weekend events, which I’m putting to the biggest test right now.

Any new events? 

Travel has been ridiculous so thinking about adding 53 hours of travel, which I think I’m going to hit. That’s over a full work week of just traveling! Also, got into the 25-Hours of Frog Hollow as a solo and that event is going to be exhausting far beyond anything else because, well, you ride you bike for 25 hours straight. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch-up on sleep and keep my numbers up the next week. It’s not so much the event itself as the effects that could force me to fall off the pace.

Any events you’re going to scrap?

Swimming, maybe. Not due to difficulty of swimming because there’s not much. It’s just logistics. You need to find a pool and it needs to have a lane open and you need to be able to make the time you get, and that just doesn’t add up. So many days I’m finishing my exercise, my blogging, etc, in the middle of the night and I don’t know any pools that are open then. I simply might not be able to try Mt Olympus, which is a bummer. The weather is perfect right now but I have to leave for Montana asap and it’s supposed to get nasty. One big storm and it’s over. Hopefully we’ll have one more window.

Any changes in the grand plan? 

Still on course, even though I’ve altered some stuff, because the goal was simply lots of hard weekends and that’s happened. The exercise volume is what I wanted to test. I was wishing today I had time to do some proper testing at P3 before it began but I couldn’t swing it. That’s too bad as those numbers would be been interesting. I was just reading today in the physiology book that what I’m doing is “not possible” and, while it still may not be, I think I’m going to finish strong. Maybe that’s just stupid false optimism. Regardless, we’re going to have to test it the old fashioned way, by seeing how I perform after 7 weeks of constant pounding.

PS – Could  edit this but easier to just add a blurb. Weekend has changed. The storm hitting late Sunday looks bigger than expected, making Mondy’s work/travel day problematic and I don’t/can’t really miss work.  Josh is also injured and his challenge may alter. Therefore, plan is now to re-shuffle and try and sneak Olympus back in. The only downside, other than not seeing Josh, is that it puts a kink into 53 hours of travel. Still going to be close though. Psyched to get a shot at Olympus but tired from the first two days of Josh’s challenge, so that’s a whole new aspect. Upside, after the last two days of Josh’s challenge I slept amazingly well. 

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Beachbody Workout of the Day

Rev Abs 8 Pack – I feel bad Brett’s program never got popular. He’s a super solid trainer and really knows his shit. Unfortunately that’s not always what plays well on TV. Anyways, Rev Abs is a solid program for someone inclined towards Capoera.

Synopsis – Tired.

 Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) –   12 & xx (238 questions and 1,099 pages), xxx.

Nutrition:
Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1(26) – w/ water
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3 0(0)
Days taking supplements: /53 – 1(25)
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 1(23)**
Days of no meat: /53 – 1(25)
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – round 3.
King Pin fritters: /5 0(0)

Exercise:
Beachbody workouts: /53 – 1(25)
Push-ups: /5300 – 400(2,720)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 400(2,800)
Leg lifts: /5300 – 200(2570)
Crunches: /5300 – 200(2690)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 100(2850)
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 0(54,000) 
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000)
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000)
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) 
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 2(25)
Running drills: /53 – 2(25)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(25)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 400(5400)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 2(25)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(25)
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  1(25)

5.11 Climbs: /5 0(4)
5.12 Climbs: /3 0(1)
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 0(5)
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 0(2)
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(371)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(175)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles 30(30)
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 0(20)
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(26)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles 20(20)
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles 10651)
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Hiking: /53 miles –0(32)
Running: /53 miles 10(36)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 1(3)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times 1(2)
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times 0(0)
Hours of travel 0 (32))

Family:
Tasks for his wife: /53 – 0(24)
Chores around the house: /53 – 2(28)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Other:
Blog posts: /53 – 1 (26)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5 0(0)
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 2(4)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(25)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade

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